Befriend your focus puller

We recently received a letter from a BSC member, concerned about practices that are being regularly taken on-set that can have deleterious ramifications for image-quality and serious consequences for the livelihoods of focus pullers. The author wishes to remain anonymous. “Welcome to the wonderful world of digital filmmaking. I have written this letter because I … Read more

Kodak unveils Super 8 challenge winners and collaborates on preservation

The winners of the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge announced at the Slamdance Film Festival were: Pablo Madrid Lopez from Spain for The Novel, Haven Nutt from the United States for the Mr Man trailer, and Dianne Ouellette from Canada for Red Is Dead. Renato Coelho from Brazil, who directed Train, won the Grand Jury … Read more

IMAGO in 2016

IMAGO will intensify its work, but especially in the following areas: Authorship and working conditions: With the help of, amongst others, former BSC president Gavin Finney BSC, we are in the process of working out an easier-to-use standard contract for cinematographers. We will research into the possibility of registering all member cinematographers who are willing … Read more

DP Shane Hurlbut uses Cooke S4/i lenses to bring depth to Fathers And Daughters

Shane Hurlbut ASC used a series of ten Cooke S4/i focal lengths to shoot Gabriele Muccino’s latest feature Fathers And Daughters, starring Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried. Hurlbut’s lens package for the Canon EOS D500 and MÖVI digital 3-axis gyro-stabilised handheld camera gimbal, included the Cooke S4/i 14mm, 18mm, 21mm, 27mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, … Read more


Local Colour Post It Notes / Dad’s Army Local Colour Post It Notes / Dad’s Army How Molinare’s post team worked with director Oliver Parker and cinematographer Chris Ross BSC to create and finesse the look of Dad’s Army. February 5th 2016 saw the hotly-anticipated release of Dad’s Army – a reinterpretation of the classic … Read more

New vice presidents

IMAGO is very proud to announce not one but two new vice presidents – Nina Kellgren BSC and Rolf Coulanges BVK. Nina and Rolf’s great experience and determination to use their energies for the greater good of cinematographers will greatly improve the efficacy of our federation. IMAGO held its first 2016 board meeting in January. … Read more

Matthews Studio Equipment to manufacture James Saldutti’s Dutti Dolly

Matthews Studio Equipment has recently joined forces with dolly grip James Saldutti to produce the Dutti Dolly at its Burbank facility. “While there are many different kinds of dolly configurations on the market, James has come up with a unique approach that fills a need in today’s fast-paced market,” said Robert Kulesh, VP of sales … Read more

Haris Zambarloukos BSC GSC / Eye In The Sky

Moral Maze Haris Zambarloukos BSC GSC /Eye In The Sky Moral Maze Haris Zambarloukos BSC GSC /Eye In The Sky BY: Ron Prince Eye In The Sky,  helmed by South African director Gavin Hood, stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top-secret drone operation aiming to capture … Read more

Angénieux zooms capture Les Saisons

The full range of Angénieux Optimo zoom lenses were used for the €26m Euro production of Les Seasons, the latest nature documentary from Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud. After focusing on birds in Winged Migration (2001), and the underwater world in Oceans (2009), Perrin and Cluzaud chose to stage a poetic 15,000-year-old chronicle of Europe … Read more

Litepanels now shipping the Astra Soft bi-colour panel

Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, and an innovator in LED lighting solutions for the feature, photographic and broadcast industries, has introduced the Astra Soft Bi-Color LED panel. With a new diffused lens, the one square-foot Astra Soft Bi-Color provides a soft light alternative to the original Astra 1×1 Bi-Color LED panel and mimics the effect … Read more

Blackmagic 4K cameras used on second unit of BBC’s War And Peace

Blackmagic Design 4K Production Camera was one of only two camera packages to be used in the production of War And Peace, the popular BBC adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic novel. The six-part drama was lensed by director of photography George Steel, and graded on DaVinci Resolve Studio by colorist Simone Grattarola. Director Tom Harper reunited … Read more

Long live film!

Whoever said the medium of film is dead? Pah! It has been said many times over recent years and, with the challenges Kodak had a year or so ago, it looked like the writing was on the wall for the much-loved medium. In the past few years there has been a lot of attention and … Read more

Cause for celebration

Cause for celebration Letter from America / Richard Crudo ASC Cause for celebration Letter from America / Richard Crudo ASC Discover the 2015 Camerimage Festival of Cinematography, through the first-time experiences of Richard Crudo ASC, president of the ASC. If you’re not aware of the Camerimage International Film Festival, you ought to be. And if … Read more

Movietech armed and ready with RED Weapons

Independent camera, lens and grip specialist Movietech has extended its inventory of professional image capture equipment with a pair of RED Weapon 6K cameras. Weapon provides a feature-rich 6K shooting solution that delivers notable clarity and ultra fast workflow rates from a lightweight, compact unit. Building on the success of its predecessors, the new model … Read more

Richard Stoddard

Well, Well, Well… Meet The New Wave / Richard Stoddard Well, Well, Well… Meet The New Wave / Richard Stoddard Filmography (so far): features… Right Behind You  (2013), The Strike And Me  (2013), Just Jim  (2014), The Passing  (2014), Bliss  (2015) and Bees Make Honey  (2015). TV dramas… Becoming Human  (2011), Being Human  (2012), Hinterland  (2013), Uncle  … Read more

British horror Fox Trap  slashes costs on-location

It’s nighttime inside a large country house. The camera moves from golden, candle-lit rooms to dark moonlit shadows as the suspense cranks up into spine-tingling horror. Occurring at the beginning of forthcoming feature Fox Trap, this scene is a favourite of the production’s DP Beatriz Delgado Mena. “Many horror films are shot with harsh colours, … Read more

Heaven Sent

Heaven Sent GBCT News / Tim Potter Heaven Sent GBCT News / Tim Potter When I was a youngster with no comprehension that a life behind the camera was possible, I did watch more television than my mother thought was good for me. Contrary to the stereotype for a young boy, my choice of viewing … Read more

Les Zellan

Life Through A Lens Innovator / Les Zellan Life Through A Lens Innovator / Les Zellan BY: Adrian Pennington In an era of increasing digitalisation it’s reassuring that organic, analogue materials still reside at the heart of filmmaking. Indeed, glass that was hand-milled a century ago is coveted and commands a premium for use on … Read more

Procam acquisition of Take 2 camera rental accelerates UK and US expansion plans

UK cinematography and broadcast camera hire company, Procam, is continuing its expansion plans with the acquisition of Take 2, supplier of digital motion picture camera and grip equipment. The takeover of one of London’s best-known rental houses increases Procam’s footprint in supplying UK features and high-end episodic dramas, and is the next step in a … Read more

Just get a grip

In January this year the Metropolitan Police Service Film Unit published their latest revised guidelines for filming on the roads of the capital. These guidelines are drawn up with the consultation of rental companies, tracking vehicle companies and representatives of the grips branch. Although these are called guidelines for filming on the move, any production … Read more

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